Springfield, Mass. - April 4, 2014 - The Springfield College baseball team picked up two big conference wins over MIT on Thursday. The Pride finished a 15 inning halted game, winning 2-1, then shutout the Engineers for a 2-0 win behind strong pitching from Travis Lane (Canton, Conn.).
Springfield 2, MIT 1 (15 innings):
On March 25, Springfield and MIT battled through 14 innings, until darkness forced the game to be suspended with a 1-1 tie. The game was picked up on Thursday in the top of the 15th and the Pride made quick work of MIT, prevailing with a 2-1 win that required just one extra inning.
It was the first conference win of the year for Springfield while MIT dropped its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) decision. The 15 inning game was the longest game since Springfield played 17 innings in 2003.
Billy Peterson (Wareham, Mass.) led off the 15th inning with a walk, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jared Wilcox (Montville, Conn.) delivered the go-ahead run on an RBI single to right center, scoring Peterson for a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Matt Butrym (Schenectady, N.Y.) got the win on the mound for Springfield, allowing just one hit and no runs in one inning of work.
Springfield 2, MIT 0:
Springfield got on the board early, posting two runs in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. Brent Poulin (Atascadero, Calif.) reached on an error by the shortstop and Dan Bergami (Schenectady, N.Y.) followed that up with a line drive to right field. Bergami advanced to second on an error by the right fielder, sending Poulin to third. With runners on second and third, Billy Paskowski (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) brought home Poulin on a ground ball out to third for the game's first run. Wilcox drove in Bergami on a sacrifice fly to right field for a 2-0 game.
Travis Lane (Canton, Conn.) (2-1) had a strong outing on the hill for Springfield, earning the win after throwing seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits while striking out two. Peter Baranski (Hamden, Conn.) earned the save, pitching two hitless innings of relief, striking out two.
MIT's Max Ockner (Chesterfield, Mo.) allowed just two runs and five hits in eight innings of work, but took the loss. The Engineers were led by Creed Mangrum (Sandy, Utah), who went 2-for-4 on the day.
With the pair of wins, Springfield improves to 7-7 (2-4 NEWMAC) while MIT falls to 7-6 (4-2 NEWMAC) with the losses.
Next up, Springfield will travel to Coast Guard on Friday for a 3:30 p.m. start. MIT will take on Emerson on Friday at 3:30.